eSofts InstaGate EX2 update provides solid VPN and rudimentary firewall capabilities out of the box, and separate options improve firewall configurability, Web filtering and gateway anti-virus capabilities. For branch-office and small-enterprise administrators, the EX2 is an affordably solid, but not spectacular, security appliance.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Add-on services can expand the EX2s capabilities as a company grows, but managing multiple units could become a headache. Inexpensive; easy to configure; lots of potential uses, including service as a security device or as an e-mail, file or Web server. Limited RAM overhead, must purchase firewall policy configuration separately; no central policy manager for multiple units. eSoft Inc., Broomfield, Colo.; (303) 444-1600; www.esoft.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The EX2 can be set up in a matter of minutes to provide immediate protection from prying eyes on the Internet.